Hi, this is English Teacher Fred in Vietnam. How are you today? I thought today I would talk about the alphabet: something very important to know. It’s very important to know the alphabet. You know, the alphabet? A-B-C-D-E-F-G…

When you’re a language learner you spend a lot of time with dictionaries. The dictionary becomes your best friend. I study Vietnamese because I live here in Vietnam. So I have a lot of dictionaries. Here’s my English-Vietnamese dictionary, and what else… I have an English-English-Vietnamese dictionary, and a big Vietnamese-English dictionary. And then another one- here’s a small one. A small Vietnamese-English dictionary for when I go out. I can put this one in my pocket. You can see it’s very old a beat up. Actually it looks pretty bad! This dictionary has spent a lot of time in my pocket and in cafes and on the street here in Ho Chi Minh City.

As an English student you can also find a lot of other kinds of dictionaries. Like here’s a key-word dictionary. This is a very interesting dictionary. There’s many kinds. There are learner’s dictionaries and idiom dictionaries. Your dictionary becomes your best friend. You spend a lot of time looking up words so you need to learn the alphabet very early in your English language studies.

And also learning the alphabet is very important because when you are speaking with somebody and you don’t really understand what are they saying, or they don’t understand what you are saying, then you can spell the word to make sure that you understand each other.

Like when I introduce myself to an English class I usually say, “Hello. My name is Fred; it’s spelled F-R-E-D.” So people are sure what I am saying. And if you are not sure what another person is saying then you can ask them, “How do you spell that?” And then they can spell the word and then you can be sure that you have the word correct.

So learning the alphabet is very important.

Why don’t we just say the alphabet right now, okay? There’s a certain way that I like to say the alphabet that makes it a little easier to remember. Because if you try to remember the alphabet just from beginning to end, straight ahead, like: a b c d e f g h i… it’s easy to get lost and difficult to remember.

But if you break the alphabet into small pieces then it makes it easier to remember. It’s more like a song or a story, you know? So, here, listen. I’ll tell you how I like to say the alphabet. Are you ready? You can repeat after me also.

Say:
a b c d
e f g
h i j k
l m n o p
q r s
t u v
w x y z

See? In little pieces: da da da da, da da da… Okay? Let’s say it again, okay?

a b c d
e f g
h i j k
l m n o p
q r s
t u v
w x y z

Very good. Now I’ll say it a little bit faster:
a b c d
e f g
h i j k
l m n o p
q r s
t u v
w x y z

I hope that makes it a little bit easier for you to remember. Should we do it one more time? Why not!? Okay! Here we go:
a b c d
e f g
h i j k
l m n o p
q r s
t u v
w x y z

That middle part can go very fast: lmnop – l-m-n-o-p – lmnop

The last letter, z, is “zee” in American English, so because I’m American I say “zee”. But a British person, a person from England, would say “zed”. So “zee” “zed”; they’re the same.

Okay, I think that’s enough for this short video. I hope that’s helpful for you. Come by my website; it’s called EnglishTeacherFred.com. Have a nice day! Hope to see you soon, bye-bye.

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